risks of underage drinking

What Are the Risks of Underage Drinking?

For some parents, the thought of their child drinking is preposterous. However, it turns out that young people aged 12 to 20 drink 11% of the alcohol consumed in the country. Adolescents often have to deal with peer pressure and feel they need to drink to fit in. If allowed to get out of control,…

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Alcohol Use Disorder

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate drinking is up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men. SAMHSA defines heavy drinking as drinking 5 or more drinks on the same occasion on each of 5 or more days in the past 30 days. When one…

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Drugs and Driving

When one uses illicit drugs or misuses prescription drugs behind the wheel, driving can be unsafe just as drunk driving is unsafe. Drugged driving puts all who share the road at risk, including the driver and any passengers. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2016, 11.8 million people…

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Substance Abuse in the Military

According to the 2008 Department of Defense Survey of Health Related Behaviors among Active Duty Military Personnel, 2.3 percent of military personnel were past-month users of an illicit drug, compared with 12 percent of civilians. A policy of zero tolerance for drug use among DoD personnel was instituted in 1982. However, in spite of the…

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In The News: Warnings of Counterfeit Oxycodone

On May 7, 2018, police issued a press release in Gulfport, Mississippi to make the public aware of counterfeit oxycodone tablets. Although those illicitly purchasing these tablets believe they are receiving oxycodone, they may actually be receiving fentanyl which could be deadly. After narcotics detectives seized multiple blue pills marked “A215”, the pills were analyzed…

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Comorbidity and Drug Addiction

Comorbidities are two or more disorders or illnesses that occur in the same person. Many people who are addicted to drugs are also diagnosed with other mental disorders and vice versa. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, these disorders could be caused by overlapping environmental triggers, overlapping genetic vulnerabilities, developmental disorders, or involvement…

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Therapeutic Communities

Therapeutic Communities (TCs) began in the late 1950s as a form of long term residential treatment for substance use disorders. In its beginning stages, TCs were run solely by peers in recovery, and most did not allow program participants to use any medication. However, as decades passed, these communities began to incorporate a more comprehensive…

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